And now for the first time in American history, according to the Government Accountability Project’s Jesselyn Radack, Attorney General Eric Holder has officially and publicly declared “new guidelines that permit the federal counterterrorism investigators to collect, search and store data about Americans who are not suspected of terrorism, or anything …At some point we all have to admit that the 'war on terror' has grown to be a bigger threat to our liberties and our way of life than Al-Qaeda ever has been.
“According to the Justice Department, law enforcement and other national security agencies can copy entire databases and sift through the data for suspicious patterns to stop potential terrorist threats” (“Govt. Keeping Data on Americans With No Connection to Terrorism,” whistleblower.org, March 23).
Where in the Constitution do “suspicious patterns” – otherwise undefined and outside the jurisdiction of our courts – allow the government to put large and growing numbers of us into databases for future tracking?
Indeed, Radack writes, this gossamer of “information” is being stored “on Americans who are not even thinking about committing a crime.”
As of this writing, Mitt Romney appears very likely to be the Republicans’ choice to thwart President Barack Obama’s desire for a second term. Have you heard any objection from him on this purge of privacy?
And which government agency will lead in this final death sentence for the Fourth Amendment? Emerging from its customary deep secrecy is our nation’s (and probably the world’s) most immense spy center, the National Security Agency.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The 'Final Death Sentence For The Fourth Amendment'
From WND commentary: